Showing posts with label sausage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sausage. Show all posts

Monday, 4 November 2013

Meal Planning Monday

Hello, I'm back to normal at home this week and looking forward to what will hopefully be less dramatic weather wise and far superior food wise.

The cold weather has meant that it truly is porridge time for breakfasts - with apple butter at the moment. More on this in another post though.

Lunches are the leftover rice I was talking about here

Suppers - well we're having roast with M's parents on Saturday, so it's a one chicken many ways week. Much to M's disappointment I'm not going to do pie, but risotto on Monday night. I'm going to do stock in the slow cooker overnight on Sunday and use that to make a squash soup for the freezer.

Monday: Risotto

Tuesday: Leftover risotto

Wednesday: Lentil ragu

Thursday: Sausages and roasted veggies

Friday: Point and pray

Saturday: is the Guide sleepover, so probably something bolognaise esque

Sunday: I should be home early afternoon so I think lasagne

Cake this week is a chocolate beetroot cake as it's a quick and easy one for me to knock up.

That's eat for us this week - don't forget to hop on over to At home with Mrs M to see what everyone else is up to

Monday, 28 January 2013

Meal Planning Monday: Begone January blues

I'm being a lazy blogger at the moment - as I'm sure you've noticed. It's not that I'm neglecting the blog. Far from it. I have several posts in draft that I keep coming back to, but nothing that's made me want to hit the publish button. I'm blaming it on the January blues, which means there's hope for this week as February is coming bounding over the horizon. 

I'm hoping that the snow going will help me to get remotivated with my running, as I've been a bit too afeard of breaking something to face the chill. No matter how pretty it is, I don't think my trainers would tackle the snow and ice lightly. Last night's rain seems to have put paid to the last lingering patches of slush and ice, so depending on when I get home today will warrant a run. 

M's working in Derby for a lot of this week, and I'm bounding around the country too. This makes for a dynamic week for us both and makes meal planning tricky. 

Breakfasts: I've actually got into eggs over the last couple of weeks, in place of my usual porridge. I'm finding that poached eggs on toast seems to keep me going for longer than porridge does. Which is odd as I always thought of porridge as the healthy choice.

Lunches: Last week's chicken got turned into a shredded chicken soup - so I'll be defrosting that, adding some rice noodles and shredded spring greens to make chicken noodle soup. 

Dinners: This is where this week gets tricky - who's going to be home at any one point in time? Who knows?

Sunday: Sausage pasta bake (this one, that I should have made last week!) 

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Minced beef hash (but with pork mince as that's what I've got in the freezer)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Working away, so I will treat myself as I do each month, to a meal from the little Chinese restaurant that's close to the B&B I use for work. It does a fixed price menu but with tapas sized dishes so I can pick a few things without feeling piggy. Although the sugar content is probably sky high!

Friday: We're off to Guide holiday - Harry Potter here we come! We're deciding the menu tomorrow, so I'll do a midweek Harry Potter post and then follow up with a picture post after the weekend. 

I'll try to remember to link up this week - but be sure to pop on over to At home with Mrs M to see what everyone's up to. 

Friday, 16 November 2012

Happiness is... sausage hotpot

I always feel like a fraud if I'm blogging with no food in the house. Which is where I find myself this evening. I cobbled together our dinner from what was in the freezer and some decidedly lacklustre veggies. But that's the nice thing about cold weather dishes - it doesn't matter if your veggies are fridge-bottom leftovers, or that the rest of the ingredients have come out of the storecupboard. Sadly the same can't be said of summery salads. 

So tonight's dinner was Sausage hotpot. A dish I used to cook at uni, and the first thing I taught someone else to make. *proud* I'm not sure if this is still the same recipe I used to use, but this is how I made it tonight, and given the cold we both ate it from our laps. M even mopped up the leftover sauce with some bread.

Sausage hotpot (serves 3 hungry grownups - easily 4 or more if you served with green veggies, bread and butter)

1 tablespoon flavourless oil
1 pack of pork sausages (about 1lb) - I like Lincolnshire, but choose whichever ones you prefer 
2 cloves of garlic
3-4 carrots
1 red onion
Half a box of chestnut mushrooms
1 potato
3/4 pint beef stock (I used a cube and rinsed out the tin of tomatoes for the water)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato puree
Dash of worcestershire sauce
Tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Put the oil in a frying pan and over a medium to high heat brown the sausages
Slice the onion, carrots and mushrooms - I use the food processor, but you could easily do this by hand
Finely slice the potato - you want slices that are about half a cm thick
Brown the sausages in a frying pan - this took about 15 minutes

In a biggish casserole dish with a lid:

Layer half the potato on the bottom of a casserole dish
Add half the onion/ carrots/ mushrooms
Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato puree and crush in the two cloves of garlic
Season - be gentle with the salt as you're using a stock cube and worcestershire sauce
Put the browned sausages on top of the tomatoes
Fill up the tomato tin with water and add this to your stock cube, give a good stir and add a liberal splash of worcestershire sauce
Add the veggies ontop of the sausages 
Pour in the stock
Cover the top with a layer of potatoes, dot these with butter
Put the lid on and cook in the oven for about an hour, then take off the lid and cook for another 45 minutes
Serve with green veggies and some French bread and butter

  • If you want to make this go further, chop the sausages up before you put them in the casserole dish. If you want to stretch it even further, add half a cup of lentils to the casserole and up the water by half a pint

  • Also to borrow an idea from Michelle at Utterlyscrummy to bulk it out further, add either oats or lentils to the sauce - add extra liquid too though. I'd add half a cup of lentils and a cup of liquid to start with and see how that goes - I reckon that would easily make it do another 3-4 portions (more if you're feeding little ones)

  • If you like a more intense savoury flavour in casseroles, then add a drained tin of anchovies to the veggie layer at the bottom. But be careful with your salt if you do that. 

Had I had any in I would have served this with some steamed and lightly buttered kale or greens.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Meal Planning Monday: Betwixt and between

I'm sure I've used that title before, so apologies. I'm seriously lacking in inspiration and motivation this week, having just returned from a Guide sleepover and now having two day trips; to Birmingham and Swindon before I can give into the fluey bug thing and rest. However this week will be ended by pack holiday with the Brownies so there really is no rest for the wicked. 

With such a busy week ahead I hope you can spare my blushes with this meal plan as I am sat here, pyjama-ed up at 5pm, waiting to order takeaway, and fall into bed. Contrary to expectations the 17 girls were asleep by half 10ish, us leaders on the other hand were shivering into the wee small hours as there was no heating in our room. Apparently M says I was still shivering in church this morning. Yes, that cold. 

Breakfasts: Porridge, I should stew some fruit to go with, but I can't move, much less deal with fruit. 

Lunches: Soup, the kind from tins most probably. If I can build up some getupandgo I will make Nigella's Split pea and frankfurter soup, but at the moment that's not looking entirely likely.


Monday - M is at Welsh, so Pantry pasta I think. I always have the makings of this in the cupboard. Always.

Tuesday - I'm out at an Asda wine event, so am going to get M out some extra bolognaise I made on Friday. 

Wednesday - our night in together. Sausage hotpot. A student staple of mine, it was actually the first thing I 'taught' someone else to cook. I have some good quality pork sausages that I think will do well. I'm going to try doing it in the slow cooker and will report back. 

Thursday - with any luck, leftover hotpot. If we have no luck then freezer surprise. 

Friday - I suspect I'll be tucking into fish fingers, oven chips and baked beans with 20 very excited 7 year olds. Wish me luck. 

A non thrilling week in the Pantry for which I apologise profusely. Hopefully next week will be better - not least as I'm doing something special for Stir up Sunday *squee* Be sure to hop over to At Home with Mrs M and see what everyone else is up to. Happy meal planning all. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Meal planning Wednesday: The midweek edition

You may have noticed that it's not Monday, and I'm not trying to sidle in late to Meal Planning Monday with a note from my Mum. It's midweek, and I'm proudly only just doing my meal plan.

Wednesday: Nasi Goreng
Thursday: Fridge bottom soup (swede, parsnip, carrot and celery) with Herman bread
Friday: Is it cheating to say leftover soup & Nasi Goreng?
Saturday: Bratwurst, baked potatoes and red cabbage
Sunday: Chicken and leek pie

Baking: A Herman, and a beetroot chocolate cake

Lunches this week have been mainly fruit based, but once I've made the soup, it'll be that in my new flask.

My main reason for lateness is that I've been teaching in Kent this week, and I'm disorganised, and seem to be suffering with some kind of permanently full up and slightly nauseous thing. Anyway, the Riverford veg box arrived today and I made good use of it, and a leftover sauce from my Fusion Foods challenge in a protein and veg rich Nasi Goreng.

Nasi Goreng

1 cup brown, basmati rice. Cooked
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Dried galangal to taste
1 red chilli, chopped
250g chicken
100g cooked prawns
1 cup edamame beans
1 cup sweetcorn
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 carrots, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
1 jar WorldFoods Fusion nasi goreng sauce

Heat up the oil in a large pan or wok and add the spices, cooking until they sizzle
Add the chicken and cook until browned
Add the vegetables and stir fry until lightly cooked
Stir the sauce through
Add the cooked rice and stir until combined
Serve, on the sofa, in a bowl, with a large glass of water, wearing pyjamas.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Hot sausage and mustard!

Sadly no pease pudding and saveloys on the menu this week... well actually not sadly in the case of the saveloy as I'm never entirely sure what they're made of. I know I could Google, but quite frankly I just don't dare!

As I mentioned previously I was out for the whole day on Monday, and needed to take a packed lunch and tea as a train with hundreds of Brownies isn't likely to have somewhere to buy coffee on board which is my usual fuel of choice when proper eating isn't an option. As mentioned in my previous post, I had cooked/ made/ baked (??) the Nigella ham for sandwiches, I also packed some yoghurt and stewed fruit and a large bottle of water. This left me a small dilemma of what to have for the tea part of the equation - I couldn't face sandwiches again, but knew I would need something. There's no way soup would stay hot in a flask all day (mind you I shall doubtlessly bore you with my quest for a flask that actually keeps soup hot another day) and although I toyed with the idea of a pasta salad, I neither the ingredients nor the desire for one. A friend who's also a Guider mentioned that she would often take a Cornish pasty on days when she's out all day and may need more than a lunch, for the same reason as pasties were invented, they are their own plate, you don't require cutlery and they are a whole meal (I do sometimes wonder how one that was split as traditional with a savoury and sweet filling would taste). However, as regular readers will know I'm a bit dubious about meat that comes already in things, so was intially planning on making my own. A desire to be thrifty (it just sounds so much better than broke doesn't it?) meant that I poked around in the freezer and realised I had the ingredients for sausage rolls which made that decision for me.

So sausage rolls it was. I was using bought pastryInitially I was tempted to split my sausages (Morrison's 'The Best' pork sausages, which were originally bought while reduced and promptly frozen) and then just put them in the puff pastry, but dug out a Jamie Oliver recipe, that suggested adding grated lemon zest and herbs, I had a potter around the very wet garden and snipped off some sage. I chopped up the sage leaves and mushed the sausagemeat and spicing in. I then rolled this into sausage shapes and laid it down the middle of the rolled out puff pastry. I then wrapped the pastry over the sausagemeat, sealing it with some beaten egg, and pressing the seal down with the back of a fork. I then eggwashed the sausage roll, chopped each roll into 4 peices, and baked then in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Now, I know as well as you do that sausage rolls are hardly haute cuisine, and even the most basic cook could assemble them without a recipe, but as they are what I spent part of my Sunday making, and I wanted to blog them, because simple they may be, but home made means you know what is in them and in that way if nothing else they have to be better gor you than shop bought. The light buttery pastry, and the simple flavour of the pork that is lifted by the addition of lemon and sage make these incredibly tasty and a fantastic addition to a packed lunch (or tea!)

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Sausage casserole...

Well, as planned over the weekend I also made a sausage casserole, which was very nearly a 'Sausage casserole of death' (I do not exaggerate in the least!) Here I should take the opportunity to explain that as far as what I term 'family meals' go; so your shepherd's pie, casseroles, lasagne, roasts etc... I've been making these for my family since I was about 9, and that's a fair few years. Every now and then I tweak my tried and testeds, but largely can do (and have done) them in my sleep/ with a hangover/ whilst jetlagged/ and on a rare occaision, when drunk. I find making these sorts of things soporifically relaxing, and if I'm unwell or in need of generally soothing they are the type of thing I turn to. Alas, with the 'sausage casserole of death' (TM) this was not the case... Oh and you should probably get wine, and some supplies in as this may be lengthy...

1 Red onion (2)

1 clove garlic (3)

8 pork sausages

2 tins chopped tomatoes

1 pint vegetable stock

1 tin drained haricot beans

1 tin drained cannelinni beans





I started out as always by frying off some bacon, removing that from the pan and using the fat to cook a chopped red onion and a clove of garlic. To this I added the sausages and just lightly browned them. I then added 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, some vegetable stock, mushrooms and cabbage, 1 drained tin of haricot beans and the same of cannelini beans. I then added some fresh chopped thyme, seasoned and brought the casserole to a gentle simmer.

To be honest, at this point I was a little concerned as it smelt of tomatoes, and that's it... no homely casseroley aromas filling my flat. Oh no. But I persevered, took it off the heat and walloped it in a low oven for an hour (or so)

On taking it out of the oven I was dismayed to find a distinct lack of any yummy casserole smell, and when I tasted it, it was awful, very bland verging on nasty. So, back to the old faithful standbys... a teaspoonful of marmite, lots of pepper, and randomly some paprika (what can I say, I was getting desperate)... still no improvement. It was at this point that I very nearly deleted my blog account as clearly I am an imposter and should be cooking from jars. But instead of throwing a tantrum, I just put the casserole back in the oven and decided to return to it in the morning.

So on Sunday morning, back I am in my Primark sheep pjs fishing out the sausages from the casserole, and frying them off a bit more with another red onion and some more garlic, when they were sizzling away (I'm still not entirely sure that they weren't at fault) I put the rest of the casserole back in... and we were starting to improve... sloooowly though. I had suspected that the flavours would develop overnight somewhat, and importantly there was some flavour in there and it wasn't nasty. So I decided to trawl my cupboards for things to add... in went, the remains of a jar of caramelised onions, more thyme, some winter greens and a bit more garlic.

Finally, we were getting somewhere. So off I pottered to generally get ready to face the day... leaving the casserole simmering on the hob. By lunchtime. Bingo! I had it for dinner for three nights and froze three large portions.

I have no idea what went wrong, but my money is still on the sausages...


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